Many products and treatments promise results for acne sufferers, but there are only a few proven options to help clear acne for both teens and adults. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is one of those treatment technologies that both promises AND delivers results for many acne sufferers. Before scheduling an appointment to find out if photodynamic therapy for acne is right for you, learn a bit about this treatment, how it works, what to expect and how to schedule your consultation in our Beverly Hills Medspa.
Photodynamic therapy harnesses the power of light for healing. When your skin's oil-producing sebaceous glands go into overdrive, the result is clogged pores that foster the growth of bacteria and form the blemishes commonly referred to as pimples, zits or acne. Photodynamic therapy for acne combines a topical medicine with a special light to kill acne bacteria and shrink the sebaceous glands. Without the excess bacteria and oil, the skin clears and acne breakouts become a thing of the past.
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It's often said that good things come to those who wait, and that's true about PDT. For the best results, your skin needs to absorb a light-sensitive medication. To encourage this, your skin will be cleansed thoroughly. Then, the medicine will be placed on the treatment areas and allowed to sit for 30 minutes or more so that it can soak into your skin. After the appropriate amount of time has passed, your licensed medical aesthetic provider will use a special light to activate the medicine. A fan may be used to counteract the heat of the light and help you stay comfortable. Once you're under the light, the procedure progresses rapidly. Just a few minutes under the light will kill acne bacteria and shrink the sebaceous glands.
PDT does not have systemic effects, but you will want to follow the advice of your certified aesthetic professional and avoid sun exposure in the hours immediately following your treatment. You should expect some redness and peeling in the days after you've had photodynamic therapy for acne. In some cases, multiple treatments are recommended, but the end result can be years without acne.
If PDT isn’t right for you, we offer a range of other treatments based on your needs, including chemical peels, laser skin procedures, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatments. Clinically proven medical-grade skin care products may also be prescribed for home use to treat breakouts and maintain your results. During a consultation, your provider will work with you to determine the right course of action to help you obtain the best possible outcome.
Why suffer from the embarrassment of acne? PDT is a fantastic way to improve the appearance of your skin. It clears your skin, reduces oiliness, shrinks the appearance of your pores and prevents future breakouts, which also averts the scarring those breakouts might have caused (and even if you do get acne scars, we have treatment options for those too).
Are you ready to explore the possibilities that photodynamic therapy for acne presents? Schedule a consultation with one of our certified aesthetic providers today to find out if PDT for acne is right for you.« Back to Articles & Tips